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Restaurants Salute Veterans with Free Menu Items

From A (Applebee's) to U (Uno's), America's restaurants are saluting America's veterans with free menu items.

| BY Donald Liebenson

National and local businesses are saluting America’s veterans on Tuesday with an array of offers for free or discounted goods and services. Proof of service is required. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm participation.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is offering current and former service members a free “Thank You Meal.” Veterans can choose from dishes ranging from a 7 oz. House Sirloin and American Standard All-In Burger to a Three-Cheese Chicken Penne. In addition, as part of the restaurant’s Thank You Movement, families and friends of veterans are encouraged to writer a personal message of thanks to be posted in real time on the www, website. For the first time, Applebee’s will provide everyday household items and medical equipment to military families in need

Here’s the scoop on Baskin Robbins’ Veteran’s Day initiative. The world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty stores will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold to the USO. Its November Flavor of the Month is First Class Camouflage (chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice cream). The ice cream chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO).

California Pizza Kitchen will serve up a complimentary entrée from its Veteran’s Day menu to veterans and active military. Included on the menu are six gourmet pizzas, entrée salads, and pasta dishes

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s 634 stores will offer current and veteran military a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert with lunch or dinner. For non-military guests, proceeds from sales of the cake or from select items from Cracker Barrel’s Red, White & Blue collection will be donated to the USO.

Between 5 a.m. to noon, Denny’s invites active, inactive and retired military personnel to build their own Grand Slam breakfast. Also on the breakfast front, IHOP will offer complimentary Red, White and Blue Pancakes or a Red, White and Blue pancakes combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed brown between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels will pour free coffee to all active duty members and veterans. Krispy Kreme will offer a free doughnut and coffee, while Tim Horton’s will provide a free doughnut. Starbucks will pour a free tall brewed coffee.

Hooters is offering all veterans and current military a free meal, up to $10.99 with any drink purchase.

The Olive Garden is offering current and former members of the military one of seven complimentary entrées that includes breadsticks and choice of soup or salad.

Outback Steakhouse will commemorate Veteran’s Day with a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage for those with proof of military service.

Several other national chains are getting into the Veteran’s Day spirit, including Uno’s pizza, T.G. I. Fridays and Sizzler. For a more complete list of Veteran’s Day free meals and discounts, visit the Military Wallet.

About the Author

Donald Liebenson

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.